When: Sun., Nov. 13, 10 p.m. 2011
The Gates of Slumber play classic doom metal in the mode of Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus, with dark, cavernous riffs full of blood and thunder—stand up and look around inside their songs, and you can see centuries of soot from oily torches blackening the paintings of civilization-ending wars on the bare stone ceiling. But even when this Indianapolis trio traffics in Frank Frazetta-style barbarian fantasy—these guys can sound a bit like High on Fire, minus the gung-ho mania and galloping-hordes double kick drum—there's something weary and resigned in the tattered, soulful holler of guitarist and front man Karl Simon, and the band's sixth full-length, The Wretch (Rise Above/Metal Blade), belongs more to our world than to Conan's. The songs still reek of struggle and desolation, but the backdrop isn't a charred battlefield heaped with helmeted skulls—it's an uncountable procession of human lives scarred by depression, divorce, and addiction. Headlining is Premonition 13, a new project from Saint Vitus front man Scott "Wino" Weinrich that combines stomping, bluesy swagger with the otherworldly visions of levitating mystics. —Philip Montoro Premonition 13 headlines; the Gates of Slumber and Taken by the Sun open.